Born: 1804-11-29 Stokes County, North Carolina
Died: 1877-07-22 Morgan County, Illinois
Flourished: Morgan County, Illinois
Cloud moved with his parents to Kentucky, where he remained until 1828, at which point he settled in Morgan County, Illinois. On February 15, 1825, he married Elizabeth C. Wood, with whom he had nine children. He became a Methodist minister in 1827, and he also taught the first school in the village of Franklin.
Cloud was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1830 and served several terms, including the Seventh (1830-1832), Ninth (1834-1836), Tenth (1836-1837), Eleventh (1838-1840), Thirteenth (1842-1843), Fifteenth (1846-1848), when he also served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Twenty-Seventh (1871-1872) General Assemblies. He served in the Illinois Senate during the Sixteenth (1849-1850) and Seventeenth (1851-1852) General Assemblies.
Lucille Hageman, comp., Partial Encyclopedia of Waverly, 2d ed. (Jacksonville: Jacksonville Journal Courier Co., 1968), 10; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Morgan County, IL, 317; Gravestone, Rogers Cemetery, Waverly, IL; History of Morgan County, Illinois (Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd, 1878), 428; John Clayton, comp., Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 202, 204, 205, 207, 210, 214, 216, 217, 230; Bloomington Pantagraph (IL), 25 July 1877, 1:7.